April 4 to 8, 2011

– Gulf States Seek Saleh’s Departure as Part of Yemen Accord
07/04/2011 – Bloomberg

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council is set to broker an agreement between the Saleh regime and Yemeni opposition groups that would involve the president’s withdrawal from power. Daily anti-government protests continued across Yemen, with new clashes in Taiz that left one dead.

– Bahrain 101: A Small Country with a Big Struggle Needs Global Support and Attention
04/04/2011 – Narco News

It’s been a long, complicated spring in the Arab world. Bahrain is a small country, unfamiliar to most of us. Right now it’s very important that we know who they are, so even though I’ve never been there, I’ll try to explain…Bahrain in a nutshell.

– UN seduced by Tunisian women (L’ONU séduit par les Tunisiennes)
06/06/2011 – Slate Afrique

Tunisian women are an example for the United Nations. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the role of Tunisian women in the Revolution of jasmine was not the result of chance. Representing UN Women, the UN entity for gender equality and women empowerment, Ban Ki-moon has expressed the desire to organize and not let in margin the initiatives of Tunisian women, noting the urgency of establishing a common framework.

– The delusions of Bashar al-Assad
03/04/2011 – Al Jazeera

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, insists on believing that his support for the  »resistance against Israel » distinguishes his regime from others in the region and, therefore, makes it immune to the revolutions that have brought down pro-Western presidents in Tunisia and Egypt. The cynical use of revolutionary political language by the regime to cover its contradictory political positions has no doubt helped it. But the Arab revolutions have stripped all regimes of their masks and this regime »s attempt to crush protests has unveiled its tyrannical face.

– Gaza: the stain remains on Israel’s war record
05/04/2011 – Guardian

The Netanyahu government is doing everything it can to interpret a recent Washington Post op-ed article by Justice Richard Goldstone as vindication of Israel’s conduct in the 2008-09 Gaza conflict. It is nothing of the sort. Israel’s reluctance to confront that reality finds a parallel in its refusal to date to conduct credible investigations into the serious violations of the laws of war that it committed in Gaza. The Goldstone article does not relieve it of the obligation to pursue those investigations.